RACINE — The Southern Local Wellness Center officials are contemplating current successful operations of the clinic and plans for future additions to the program.
The Wellness Center, located in the school nurse office of the Southern elementary building, is open to students, staff, and their families and community. The clinic is sanctioned by Wirt County Health services under the Coplin Health Systems banner.
“We are extremely proud to be able to host this clinic,” Southern superintendent Tony Deem said during the center’s semi-annual board meeting at Southern High School. “Junie Maynard and her team have done a great job and have provided a tremendous service to our community.”
Cindy Archer, certified management accountant and facility secretary, noted that the clinic has 1962 enrollees and offered the following statistics for the center during the current school year: 735 new clients have been seen with 1950 overall visits; 875 community and faculty visits were reported; 1,076 student incidents; 33 child wellness checks were performed; 151 sports physicals were completed.
As an added service to the community, the Wellness Center has initiated a dental program. A dentist will be on site once a year. Plans are for a dental hygienist to come to the center twice a year, see student’s without a dental home.
The clinic will be open for kindergarten and preschool physicals March 29 through April 1.
Tuberculous skin tests were recently administered by the Meigs County TB office in association with the clinic staff to 81 staff members and 101 students in fourth and eighth grade, and to high school students.
Sports physicals for Southern athletes who plan to play in a fall sport will be May 2-20. During this time, the physicals are offered free of charge. Physicals preformed after this date will be $20.
In addition, parents/guardians must complete a new mandatory form from the Ohio High School Athletic Association online. The athlete’s entire health history is required and a printed hard-copy must be returned to the clinic or to any qualified physician.
According to nurse practitioner Junie Maynard, the information remains on the form so that the history doesn’t have to be re-entered each year. Maynard is providing training for parents prior to physicals.
The Wellness Center will again support the “Mini-Relay” and the “Fight Against Cancer” events scheduled for May 20 on the Southern campus. More information concerning the events will be provided at a later date.
Counseling services are available for Southern students four days a week, and require a permission form signed by a parent or guardian before a student can be seen. Counselors from Woodland Centers are in-house Tuesday and Thursday, and Hopewell Health Services provides counselors on Monday and Wednesday.
Under the new Medicaid guidelines for students with disabilities, the Wellness Center can write scripts for those already actively on an education plan. Details will be sent home from the Special Education director to parents in May.
“It is a pleasure serving the students, staff, and community of Racine to provide access to services for those otherwise unable to seek care,” Maynard said.
Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155, Ext. 2551.